The Diocese of Liverpool is celebrating the Licensing of sixteen new Readers for the Church of England.
The licensing took place last weekend at a service at Liverpool Cathedral, at which Bishop Richard Blackburn, Suffragan Bishop and Acting Bishop of Liverpool, presided.
Being a Reader takes three years of study and is an important part of the work of the Church of England. Readers are involved in many types of church work including teaching, preaching, leading certain services and helping the local vicar with the worship at the church.
The Diocese of Liverpool is one of the leading dioceses in the country for the support and development of Readers, with over 280 carrying out an active ministry. These take a variety of forms including a reader who is Chaplain to Liverpool John Lennon Airport and others who are chaplains in prisons or who run churches in schools.
Readers are very often in work and as active members of the community bring a fresh perspective to the local church. For some, it is the first step to ordination.
Those Readers licensed were:
This year’s intake included people from a broad range of backgrounds, including a health visitor, an NHS data manager, a baker, a GP practice manager, and a former electrician.
Bishop Richard said, "Each of these Readers has felt called to this ministry in their own way. They will have the privilege of leading services and preaching, teaching and sharing in the pastoral care of a parish. The Licensing service acknowledges their commitment and the Diocese’s very best wishes for their ministry. I wish them all every blessing as they go forward to serve their communities.”
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